Newsome group launch fight to save bowling green

Fun day as part of bowlers' campaign

Members of Newsome Community Sports and Bowling Club at the former Newsome WMC - Club secretary Jacqui Sullivan (centre) and club members appealing for the bowling green to be saved.
Members of Newsome Community Sports and Bowling Club at the former Newsome WMC - Club secretary Jacqui Sullivan (centre) and club members appealing for the bowling green to be saved.

Determined bowlers have launched a fight to save an historic green.

The bowlers in Newsome fear that the century-old bowling green behind the former Newsome WMC could vanish within months if the shutdown building is sold off.

Now they are trying to drum up support from the rest of the community to try and develop the green for greater community use.

The Newsome WMC in St John’s Road shut down several weeks ago after running into financial problems. The clubhouse and the bowling green have been put up for sale with a £250,000 price tag.

But bowlers who had used the green for many years were able to get permission from the liquidators to carry on using the facility and the bowling pavilion which sits beside it.

But now they are worried that if new owners come in, the green could vanish.

Jacqui Sullivan and others have organised a family fun day on Sunday, July 13, to let people know what is happening and, hopefully, encourage others to come and use the green.

The event, which runs from 12 noon to 4pm, will offer people the chance to have a go at bowling and to see the facilities on offer.

There are also raffles, stalls and refreshments, as well as games for children.

Newsome Working Mens Club and Institute on St Johns Road, Newsome.
 

Jacqui, who is secretary of the Newsome Community Sports and Bowling Club, said: “We have to do what we can to save this green.

“It is over 100 years old and it is a green of county standard.

Now the club is in liquidation, both the building and the green are up for sale.

“We do not want to lose the green so we want to encourage the local community to make more use of the facilities. We want to show that bowling is available to all, regardless of age or ability.

“We have been in touch with more than 1,000 homes in the area to let them know of our plans and hopefully many people will come along.

“We only got the licence to use the green two days before the new season but we are running mens, ladies and junior teams. We cannot afford to buy the club ourselves but we hope whatever happens to it we can keep the green and the bowling pavilion”.

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